Friday, July 10, 2009

LaidOffCamp at the Art Institute of Las Vegas

The concept is easy. Show up. Express interests and concerns. Break off into smaller discussion groups and exchange information. The Las Vegas Version was held Friday, July 10th.

Since the first camp in San Francisco in March, the volunteer-driven events have been held in several cities, including Dallas and New York. The camps are free. Information about upcoming camps is posted at and details are available on Facebook.

It’s a way to help people by providing information relevant to their situation. After seven years working as a multimedia designer for slot manufacturer IGT, Las Vegas resident Michael Baker (in picture with Debra Baez of Baez Design, a guest speaker) left to start his own multimedia company. When the economy tanked, he needed to figure out a few things, so he headed to LaidOffCamp in Los Angeles.

The one-day camp, held in May, drew attendees who were self-employed, unemployed or looking to leave the corporate world. They exchanged information on a wide range of topics, including health insurance, legal issues facing startups, personal branding, monetizing skills and expertise.

Full article from the LV Sun? click here

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